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February 2, 2010

Nationwide collaborates with Unisys to virtualise data centre

Expects to save £8m through server virtualisation

By CBR Staff Writer

Unisys said that its UK subsidiary has collaborated with Nationwide Building Society to virtualise 500 servers as part of Nationwide’s Data Centre Transformation Programme to enhance the Building Society’s IT architecture while reducing operational and energy costs.

Nationwide estimates it will benefit from a saving of more than £8m over the course of the program by removing old hardware, enhancing service continuity, simplifying disaster recovery and increasing hardware utilisation through server virtualisation.

The company said that Nationwide has achieved a 12-1 reduction to date, in the number of physical servers, saving space in the data centre and also contributing to a decreased carbon footprint through a reduction in power and air-conditioning usage.

Unisys said that it has provided consultancy services to design and execute a process for assessing, planning, executing and testing server virtualisation. Working with Nationwide’s internal IT teams and external service providers, the company has managed and directed the virtualisation programme.

Rob Chapman, vice president and managing director of the UK, Middle East and Africa for Unisys, said: “This engagement extends a successful 30-year relationship with Nationwide. In the current challenging economy, driving cost savings and improving service continuity are absolutely crucial for our customers. Innovative IT optimisation initiatives such as Nationwide’s Data Centre Transformation Programme enable us to make a real difference to our customers’ bottom line.”

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